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Changing your Apple ID email address

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tips Categories: iTunes

Not everyone sticks with the same email address forever — even though the Apple ID system was seemingly built with that idea in mind. Luckily, if you happened to sign up for an Apple ID using a non-Apple—as in not @mac.com or @me.com—address, switching your Apple ID to a new email address is easier than you might think. To do so, simply visit the My Apple ID page and then click on Manage your account. Once logged in with your current address and password, you’ll be able to change the name, password, email, physical address, and other information regarding your account. [via NYT]

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1

What would happened to the songs attached to the apple I’d you are changing?

Posted by Fepe on June 22, 2012 at 4:13 AM (PDT)

2

Yes, but this doesn’t change your actual Apple ID.  If you’ve used what is now an old email address as your ID, you’re stuck with it.

Posted by rebo on June 22, 2012 at 6:56 AM (PDT)

3

Your Apple ID which is an email address is fixed, regardless of the ‘contact email address’ that you can attach to it. The latter you can change as is the case with most accounts on the Web, your Apple ID however you’re stuck with.
If you happen to have two Apple ID’s (for instance, an old one from way back when Apple ID’s weren’t necessarily email addresses, and a new one to make use of iCloud) you’re stuck with two Apple ID’s for the rest of your life. Merging the two is impossible, even cancelling one of them is. Apple notoriously hasn’t got its act together in this regard.

Posted by Ying-Fu Li on June 26, 2012 at 5:21 AM (PDT)

4

I changed my Apple ID (not just the contact email address) not too long after the iTunes Store really started taking off. I signed up for MobileMe and started to use my @me.com account. I made numerous calls to Apple to see about merging the two since I did have some purchased music under the old ID. I was told they had no way of doing this and that I was basically stuck with the two ID’s as long as I had DRM’d music under both. I used iTunes Smart Playlist feature to find and batch my old Apple ID purchases into one folder. I burned these files onto CD and then ripped them back into iTunes. Once I verified they had all come back with no problems, I deleted the original DRM’d tracks for good. I have just left that old Apple ID out there in limbo ever since.

But I agree that Apple could have found a way to merge multiple Apple ID’s in the time they have been dealing with this. Imagine how many people get married and would like to combine their libraries into one joint account. Come on Apple! This can not be such a monumental task…

Posted by Mitch Hale on June 26, 2012 at 6:45 AM (PDT)

5

Yup, One of the day-one Apple ID guys and I have to maintain two Apple IDs forever - if I want my music to be playable.  I write it off to growing pains and while it makes me mad that they can’t merge them, I’m over it.  Hopefully they think in a more forward fashion with new things…

Posted by sb on June 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM (PDT)

6

This won’t work if the new e-mail address you want to use as your AppleID is the one you registered as your “rescue” address.  I tried several times, but wan’t able to change it until I contacted the “Express Lane” e-mail support and got a very detailed and helpful (but not short) list of steps to follow. 

Hint to the folks at Apple:  It shouldn’t be difficult for an average user to make this change without contacting support.  Posting the steps in one of your support articles would make things a whole lot easier and more user friendly for your clients.

Posted by AJ on June 28, 2012 at 6:34 AM (PDT)

7

Hi,  I want to sell my current apple ipad to my friend and planning to buy one new. if i sell my current one where i inform that now it is not in my account. And if i buy new one can i use with the previous apple id which i registered with apple co?

And my friend can register a new apple id with the ipad which i sell to him? please advice me at your earliest.  thanks a lot

Posted by Rasheed kalladi on February 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM (PDT)

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